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London in December

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Fa la la la la…before Christmas has passed, I couldn’t resist one more post on the glories of London in December! All around the town, festive scenes greeted us from the interiors of celebrated hotels (can you guess which areas are faux painted versus real fabric at the Lanesborogh?)…

to a private club’s much-discussed powder room.

In Belgravia, townhouse decorations brought spirit to this sequestered neighborhood.

Shops and eateries provided welcome distractions as we buzzed around on foot, whether in Knightsbridge…

with a quick stop in Harrod’s Food Hall for some bubbly sustenance…

or in the side streets and lanes of Sloane Square.

Speaking of…one of the shops in London’s famous arcades presented their “brand” in a most bespoke manner.

What would London be without brunch at Balthazar, “dressed to the nines” in red

as we headed to Covent Garden for a matinee performance. Oh! the shopping and Oh! the scenes.

And night brings out the bright lights that turn streets into studies in awe-inspiring design details (i.e. New Bond Street).

While a favorite tea spot looks as enchanting at night as it does during the day.

To my Private Newport family…From our Home to Yours. Have a glorious Holiday and a New Year filled with Peace and Exciting Possibilities.

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Bettie Bearden Pardee

About Bettie Bearden Pardee

Author of Private Newport and Living Newport, garden furniture designer (The Parterre Bench), national lecturer, and entertaining expert. An honoree for the second year on "The Salonniere 100 America's Best Party Hosts", she was also the host and creative producer of "The Presidential Palate: Entertaining at the White House".

8 thoughts on “London in December

  1. Spectacular photos!

    Almost as good as being in London in person.

    Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones.

  2. Now…”THAT’S WHAT I’M TALKIN ABOUT!!!” GLORIOUS!!! Thank you for this gift of beauty!! Merry Christmas from Virginia and a Blessed New Year!! franki

  3. Dearest Bettie,
    Your pictures of places you have been are so special always. Your own gardens and home touch me since I know all you do to make them possible and you are a dear friend always. I hope to get to Newport to visit you next summer or have you come to Gulf Stream. I miss you and your post mean a lot to me.
    Always sending much love,
    Cecile

  4. You always find the most beautiful and tasteful of decorated doorways and interiors. I am so delighted to see that tromp l’ oeil still reigns in London and I raise a glass of champagne to you and your eye for detail and beauty. Merry Christmas and love,

    Ruthie

  5. AS ALWAYS, THANK YOU FOR YOUR GIFT OF SHOWING US -THE POSITIVE SIDE
    OF THE HUMAN SPIRIT.
    YET, LET US ALL BE AWARE OF THOSE WHO WILL NEVER EXPERIENCE SUCH BEAUTY AND SPLENDOUR – THROUGH NO FAULT OF THEIR OWN.

    KINDNESS NEVER HAS … A SEASON.

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